December 15, 2017 12:02
National football team manager Shin Tae-yong on Thursday unveiled his plans for getting the team fully prepared for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which is now just seven months away.
To begin with, the team will undergo a two-week training session in the Middle East in January next year.
"I'm planning to go to Abu Dhabi, as there's a chance we'll come across Nordic teams there," Shin said, indicating he seeks to play a warm-up match with a Scandinavian country in preparation for the team's first match against Sweden in the first round.
He is also considering a training session in Europe in March. Shin wants the team to play a warm-up match against a strong European team to prepare for the third match against world No. 1 Germany. He plans to field the team's best players for the match, including those who play in European leagues.
The final roster is expected to be confirmed in May. The national squad will then be based in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, for some two weeks before the World Cup starts on June 14.
The site was carefully chosen in view of its training facilities and travel time to match venues. At that time of year, the Russian city experiences "white nights," during which the sky does not get fully dark, so national team staff will take steps to ensure the players get a full night's sleep.
"All our staff are making the utmost effort to provide the best conditions for our players," Shin said.
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